Tribal Library Selected to Host Traveling Exhibit about Native Concepts of Health and Illness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Smith River, CA – Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s Tribal Family Resource Library has been selected in a competitive application process to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawai’ians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.
As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Library will host the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan during its tour of the United States from February 2016 to June 2020. The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Library will also receive a $250 programming grant, virtual training and publicity materials.
The exhibit will be on display from January 10, 2017 to February 15, 2017, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Xaa-wvn’k’wvt Hall Community Center in Smith River. A Community Wellness event is scheduled for Saturday, January 14th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in conjunction with the exhibit.
Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices.
A schedule of the exhibition and related events will be available in January 2017. Visit www.tolowa-nsn.gov for more information.
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Community and Family Services mission: “We encourage a healthy community by providing services that address the unique cultural and economic needs of our Tribal Family with accountability, integrity, and respect.” For more information, contact the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Offices at (707) 487-9255.